UPDATE: The George Bush Blvd Bridge, which has been shutdown since March due to a major malfunction, has reopened.
The George Bush Boulevard Bridge in Delray Beach was stuck in the upright position and was closed for six weeks due to a “significant malfunction during a recent opening.”
Palm Beach County spokesman John Jamason said the shaft that raises the drawbridge spans was “sheared into two pieces.”
When a replacement shaft, manufactured March 11, was installed and tested with existing gear, another problem popped up.
A structural engineering consulting firm inspected the bridge and found that other drive shaft machinery parts need to be replaced, including a damaged bearing.
Delray Beach drivers no longer need to seek an alternate way across the barrier island and mainland because the George Bush Boulevard is now open and deemed safe.